Transforming traditional physiotherapy hands-on skills teaching into video-based learning

Luginbühl, Helena; Nabecker, Sabine; Greif, Robert; Zuber, Stefan; König, Irene; Rogan, Slavko (2023). Transforming traditional physiotherapy hands-on skills teaching into video-based learning BMC Medical Education, 23(1) Springer 10.1186/s12909-023-04556-y

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Background Pandemic-induced restrictions forced curriculum transformation from on-site education to virtual learning options. This report describes this transition, the challenge of creating technology-enhanced learning for hands-on psychomotor skills teaching in physiotherapy, and students’ evaluations of the new technology-enhanced learning approach in Complex Decongestive Physiotherapy. Methods On-site theoretical background lectures were replaced with e-learning sessions. Faculty hands-on skills demonstrations for the entire class were replaced with video-recorded demonstrations. Videos included verbal and written instructions and were complemented with checklists guiding the students, training in pairs, through their learning tasks. A cross-sectional observational survey for teaching quality evaluated this new technology-enhanced learning approach and assessed students’ preference for traditional or video-based hands-on skills learning. Results Survey return rate was > 50% (46 participating students). Teaching quality was rated between 1.5 ± 0.5 and 1.8 ± 0.4 (Likert scale from − 2 to + 2). Most students (66.7%) preferred the new approach. They appreciated for example that videos were available all the time, enabling self-paced learning, providing an equally good view on skills demonstrations, and the convenience to be able to rewind, re-view, and use speed adjustment options. Conclusions Students preferred the new video-based learning of skills for Complex Decongestive Physiotherapy. Because in-class live skills demonstrations were omitted, faculty had more time to provide individual feedback and answer questions. The shift from teacher- to student-centered learning enabled students to control their own learning pace. The innovative program was maintained after pandemic-induced restrictions were lifted. The success of this approach should be tested in other physiotherapy settings and different educational institutions.

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Journal Article (Original Article)


School of Health Professions
School of Health Professions > Physiotherapy > Higher Education Research in Health Professions Group


Luginbühl, Helena0000-0002-9865-7144;
Nabecker, Sabine;
Greif, Robert;
Zuber, Stefan;
König, Irene0000-0002-6032-0255 and
Rogan, Slavko0000-0003-0865-2575








Helena Luginbühl

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27 Oct 2023 10:27

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01 Nov 2023 13:53

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